The Road Legal 4WD Association focuses on building trail access for full-sized, road legal 4x4 type vehicles that fit within the definition of what we term Road Legal Four Wheel Drive vehicles (RL4WD).
A RL4WD is defined as being road-legal, licensed and insured within your State/Providence, functional and compliant safety restraints, and a road-legal exhaust. Ideal Road Legal Four Wheel Drive Vehicles for Slow Speed Trails will have a low range transfer case, locking differentials, and sway bar disconnects.
Pay special attention to the Universal Trail Rating System as many of the trails within our Directory are going to be too tight for larger RL4WD's, while others will just be scenic dirt or gravel back roads.
Our goal is to build a sustainable network of public and private Slow Speed Trails and waypoints to crawl, chapters to aid in preserving those trails, and relationships to keep the recreation growing.
Why do we represent only RL4WD's and not all 4x4's?
The vast majority of 4x4 vehicles on the road today that are more trail oriented machines, would likely qualify as a RL4WDs. Our main focus is to gain land access, build trails and parks, and educate people on how to safely ride on those trails.
So why not all 4x4's? Because some of the extreme duty machines are a detriment to gaining land access. Trying to open trails for big machines past most street laws, limits the types of trails we can build. We want slow crawling trails that are fun and challenging, not wide open, fast or unsustainable trails. A super lifted, highly modified 4x4 on tractor tires can get a park or trail closed down in many, many cases. Day in and day out, we're going to town board meetings, meeting with local landowners, meeting with government officials and by not representing all 4x4's, we stand a much better chance of getting new trails and waypoints developed.
Why Road Legal?
Large acres of land are becoming more and rarer. With smaller parcels being the norm, we need to move from one trail to the next using road routes. By keeping machines road legal, we avoid a lot of permits and legislation needed for road access. We want to see our trail systems connect all over! May laws are already in place to define what is safe to drive and legal to register on the roads, so we use those as the base in everything we do.
Yes, stock road legal machines are super quiet. If you can't see us crawling through the woods and you can't hear us... as far as the local community is concerned, we don't exist! That's a good thing when folks can't hear us playing around. Again, the sound has been a major reason why trails and parks get closed down. If you have a loud exhaust that isn't street legal and it may jeopardize the lands we ride on, you may be asked to leave an event or trail.
Building trails for RL4WD's that are smaller, we have far more opportunities to get more trails. If you have a comment on this article, feel free to post it below!